The permits, available only online through Recreation.gov on a first-come, first-served basis, will be required year-round.
A story in the most recent issue of 5280 magazine reveals the amount of trash, needles and unruly behavior happening at campgrounds west of Boulder.
Secretary Zinke has mentioned public-private partnerships for campgrounds multiple times, including with reporters and at a Recreational Vehicle Industry Association meeting.
High visitation has littered Conundrum with human waste. In response, the Forest Service may soon require backpackers to pack it out.
Attention Colorado gear heads: That backpack you've been eyeing might soon get a little cheaper. We repeat: might.